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Community
AGL Energy Limited 44
Community contribution
Employee Volunteering and Employee Giving
AGL provides the means and opportunity for employees
to make a genuine contribution to the community – by
volunteering time and/or by providing direct fnancial
support to causes that refect their interests.
Employee Volunteering
AGL’s Employee Volunteering program gives all employees the
opportunity to take one day of paid volunteering leave each year to
support community causes and charitable organisations.
As well as delivering social outcomes for the community,
volunteering provides business benefits to AGL – by engaging
employees, promoting teamwork and building morale.
AGL provides the flexibility for employees to take volunteering
leave in a variety of ways including team projects, pursuing individual
interests, and participating in AGL-led initiatives. Volunteering
activities undertaken during FY2011 ranged from revegetating part
of the Victorian coastline in conjunction with Bayside City Council,
to repairing the houses of families affected by the Black Saturday
bushfires in Victoria. A number of AGL employees also volunteered
with relief operations for the Queensland floods during late 2010
and early 2011, including assisting a local SES group to deliver food
to stranded farms, using an AGL crane to load and transport people’s
belongings in Surat, and building a flood levy at St George.
AGL set a target to achieve a 15% participation rate (by headcount)
for Employee Volunteering in FY2011, and exceeded this target
with 20% of the workforce recording a Volunteering leave day.
During FY2011, 416 employees contributed 3,180 hours of service
to community services and organisations. Compared to the 2,008
hours of volunteering leave recorded in FY2010 this represents an
increase of 58%. For FY2012 AGL has set a target to achieve 25%
of the workforce (by headcount) recording a volunteering leave day.
The 3,180 hours of volunteering leave taken in FY2011 has been
valued at over $115,000.
Employee Giving
AGL employees can elect to make regular payroll contributions
to selected charity partners through the Employee Giving
initiative. AGL enables employees to double the impact of financial
contributions to these charitable organisations by matching each
employee contribution to a total maximum of $200,000 per year.
AGL’s 10 charity partners are the Australian Marine Wildlife Research
and Rescue Organisation, beyondblue, Cancer Council Australia,
CanTeen, CARE Australia, Habitat for Humanity Australia, Kids
Helpline, RSPCA, The Salvation Army and WWF-Australia.
During FY2011, the average monthly participation rate in Employee
Giving was 7.5%, a slight decrease compared to the FY2010 rate
of 7.8%. Donations to AGL’s 10 charity partners through Employee
Giving totalled over $119,000 in FY2011 (including employee
donations and AGL’s matched contribution), a slight increase from
FY2010, when over $117,000 was donated.
In addition to funds raised through payroll giving in FY2011, an
additional $35,000 (including AGL matching) was raised through
fundraising activities organised by employees for AGL Employee
Giving charity partners.
In late 2010 and early 2011, there was a significant response by
AGL employees and AGL to the Queensland floods. AGL employees
donated approximately $24,500 to The Salvation Army disaster
relief fund, with AGL matching this amount dollar for dollar. AGL also
contributed $50,000 to both The Salvation Army Queensland Flood
Relief and the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, bringing the total
contributions by AGL employees and AGL to the Queensland floods
to almost $150,000.
Employee Volunteering
%
0
5
10
15
20
25
4.4
7.4
11.8
20
Legend
Participation rate
1
Target
Industry benchmark
2
Notes
1 Participation rates are determined by comparing the total number of employees
that recorded a volunteering leave each fnancial year with the total number of
employees (by headcount) as at 30 June in the corresponding year.
2 Average participation rate by companies in the 2010 LBG Australia and NZ Energy
and Water Sector.
Employee Giving
Notes
1 Average monthly participation.
2 Includes AGL matching.
3 Average participation rate by companies in the 2010 LBG Australia
and NZ Energy and Water Sector.
%
$
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
0
20,000
40,000
60,000
80,000
100,000
120,000
140,000
Legend
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Participation rate
1
Target
Funds donated
2
Industry benchmark
3